Dinner in Rome: A History of the World in One Meal

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With a celebrated food writer as host, a delectable history of Roman cuisine and the world - served one dish at a time.

'There is more history in a bowl of pasta than in the Colosseum', writes Andreas Viestad in Dinner in Rome. From the ... Read More

With a celebrated food writer as host, a delectable history of Roman cuisine and the world - served one dish at a time.

'There is more history in a bowl of pasta than in the Colosseum', writes Andreas Viestad in Dinner in Rome. From the table of a classic Roman restaurant, Viestad takes us on a fascinating culinary exploration of The Eternal City, and global civilisation.

Food, he argues, is history's secret driving force. Viestad finds deeper meanings in his meal: From the bread that begins the dinner he traces the origins of wheat and its role in Rome's rise as well as its downfall. From his fried artichoke antipasto he explains olive oil's part in the religious conflict of 16th-century Europe. From his sorbet dessert he recounts how lemons featured in the history of the Mafia in the 19th century, and how the hunger for sugar fuelled the slave trade.

Viestad's dinner may be local, but his story is universal. His 'culinary archaeology' is an entertaining, flavourful journey across the dinner table and time. You'll never look at spaghetti carbonara the same way again.

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